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Governing States and Localities

Governing States and Localities

Eighth Edition

October 2021 | 592 pages | CQ Press
Winner of the 2022 Textbook & Academic Authors Association's The McGuffey Longevity Award

From the implications of Donald Trump’s presidency on intergovernmental relations to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on state-federal relations, the Eighth Edition of Governing States and Localities introduces students to the most recent challenges, developments, and political changes impacting state and local politics. Employing a comparative approach, bestselling authors Kevin B. Smith and Alan Greenblatt illustrate the similarities and differences in the way state and local governments operate to show students the real-world application of policy and politics. Following a crisp journalistic style with magazine-quality graphics and top-ten takeaways per chapter that keep students engaged, this edition provides a comprehensive introduction to state and local governments that is easily accessible to undergraduates in a variety of majors.

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Chapter 1 • Introduction to State and Local Government: They Tax Dogs in West Virginia, Don’t They?
Chapter 2 • Federalism: The Power Plan
Chapter 3 • Constitutions: Operating Instructions
Chapter 4 • Finance: Filling the Till and Paying the Bills
Chapter 5 • Political Attitudes and Participation: Venting and Voting
Chapter 6 • Parties and Interest Groups: Elephants, Donkeys, and Cash Cows
Chapter 7 • Legislatures: The Art of Herding Cats
Chapter 8 • Governors and Executives: There Is No Such Thing as Absolute Power
Chapter 9 • Courts: Turning Law into Politics
Chapter 10 • Bureaucracy: What Nobody Wants but Everybody Needs
Chapter 11 • Local Government: Function Follows Form
Chapter 12 • Metropolitics: The Hole Problem of Government
Chapter 13 • Education: Reading, Writing, and Regulation
Chapter 14 • Crime and Punishment
Chapter 15 • Health and Welfare
Chapter 16 • Environment and Climate Change: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally


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I like this book because it is thorough and accessible, which is not an easy balance to make.

Professor Eric Schwartz
History & Political Science, Hagerstown Community College
January 21, 2022

Contains many useful charts and tables which lend themselves to discussion of data collection and analysis. Up to date with contemporary challenges.

Dr Dennis Lambries
Social Science, Newberry College
February 21, 2022